Via: USA Today
The Monopoly fan vote is in, and like an untalented American Idol contestant consistently escaping the bottom three with his life, the Wheelbarrow and Shoe live to see another day.
Yes, it’s true. As of today, the Iron token has been eliminated from all Monopoly sets going forward. The decision comes as a result of the fan vote to remove one token and add in a new one. The results of this vote were just announced a few moments ago exclusively on The Today Show.
As for the token that the fans have voted will replace the Iron? This little guy:
“We know that cat lovers around the world will be happy to welcome the new cat token into the Monopoly game,” said Eric Nyman, senior vice president and global brand leader for Hasbro Gaming, in a statement released this morning. “While we’re a bit sad to see the iron go, the cat token is a fantastic choice by the fans and we have no doubt it will become just as iconic as the original tokens.”
The cat will join the aforementioned shoe and wheelbarrow along with the race car, top hat, thimble, Scottie dog and battleship in the Monopoly lineup this summer when the newest edition arrives on store shelves. A limited-edition “Golden Token” Monopoly set will hit shelves this month exclusively at Target stores, featuring gold tokens of the current lineup — and the last appearance of the iron. As a bonus, the set will also include the five proposed new pieces: diamond ring, guitar, toy robot, helicopter and the eventual winner, the cat.
And now, a moment of silence for the Iron, that household essential we take for granted every day. I hope you find peace in that Baltic Avenue in the sky, my friend. Truly, you were the only token that made sense in a game about buying property.